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Maximizing Your Health with a Macrobiotic Diet

Success in Simplicity – What Makes Macrobiotics Special

“Adopting the macrobiotic diet takes a great deal of dedication and commitment to a lifestyle that is much bigger than your average diet plan,” says Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD in her WebMD.com article Macrobiotic Diet. These words ring true, especially when compared to the collective current Western diet consisting heavily on processed foods dedicated to meats, dairy, innumerable snack foods and even vegetables, particularly those which are genetically modified. These processed foods, derived from sources of extremely poor quality, have aided in the upward current of various diseases including heart disease and cancer, specifically ubiquitous amongst Americans.
So, what’s the cure to this gradually growing greasy snowball of health instability? A time-honored, consistently confirmed standard of living known as Macrobiotics can utterly change your life.

“A macrobiotic diet isn’t simply a diet plan. It’s a way of life. If you’re drawn to the concept of eating a natural, organic, plant-based diet (with a little fish) and embrace a Zen-like spirituality in both your life and food selections, then a macrobiotic diet may be for you.

Originally from Japan, the principle behind the macrobiotic diet combines tenets of Zen Buddhism with a Western-style vegetarian diet. Much more than a list of recommended foods, it is all about a spiritualism that transcends lifestyle, attitude, and diet practices. The word “macrobiotic” comes from the Greek and essentially means ‘long life’ or ‘great life.’”

Special care is given to the sources, preparation and eating of the judiciously selected foods which make up the Macrobiotic diet. It’s highly encouraged that one purchases their natural, unprocessed food locally and cooks their meals by boiling, steaming and baking. The general basis of the diet includes a heavy emphasis on grains and vegetables, beans, fermented soy, as well as a daily intake of soup with small amounts of nuts, fruits and seeds trailing behind. There is also room for the occasional, and slight, inclusion of fish. All food is to be eaten and chewed slowly and methodically for optimum digestive and nutritional potency.

The general percentage of a typical macrobiotic diet includes:
“- Whole grains, especially brown rice: 50%-60%
– Vegetables (and seaweed): 25%-30%
– Beans: 5%-10%
– Fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, miso soup: 5%-20%
– Soup (made from ingredients above): 1-2 cups/day”

An Affective & Adaptable Diet

Long-term followers of the macrobiotic lifestyle can attest to the depth of value in this life-changing diet. A profound impact can be noticed in the devotee’s health, level of contentment and overall wellbeing once in tune with the rhythmic corporal and spiritual flow as stimulated through their specific régime.

“Eating natural food that is closer to the earth and less processed is healthier for the body and soul. One of the objectives is to become more sensitive to the food you eat and how it affects your life. Ultimately, this awareness will enhance your life and health.”

Simple measures can be taken to personally fine-tune your nutritive and spiritual poise by understanding the significant influence of age, gender, daily and bodily activity, climate and seasonal changes, as well as individual and specific health conditions. These factors make up the sensitive, yet fluid network which prompts complete, healthy unison of self.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources – http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/macrobiotic-diet

Social Eating Stipulations – Acceptance Through Example

Are Plant-Eaters Still the Odd Duck Out?

While plant-based diets are certainly making headway in our modern American culture,   broad acceptance remains stagnant in a critical cloud of naivety. In the eyes of the general ‘cheeseburger-chomping’ American, vegans, macrobiotics and vegetarians are viewed as either self-involved trend-riders, or shaggy, hand-soiled, feet-blackened hippy farmers who live at least 100 miles from anywhere worth being. But, like Bob Dylan has been known to say, “The times, they are a-changin’…”

Blog writer Brook Bolen, in her article ‘Understanding and Conquering Social Obstacles to Eating Vegan’ notes “As a sociologist by training, I am endlessly obsessed with human behavior–understanding why people do what they do and what motivates them. Add to that the fact that I obsess about food and regularly wonder why more people don’t share my passion for healthy eating, I can’t help but wonder what fuels and facilitates obstacles and resistance to eating vegan. The evidence is unequivocal and mounting: plant-based diets offer remarkable and innumerable benefits for human health and are necessary for preserving both environmental and human wellness. In spite of all this, obstacles and resistance are commonplace.
This is due, in part, to the way that animal-based foods are marketed to consumers and represented generally. Because animal-based foods dominate our traditional meals, they are considered wholesome, delicious, and well-balanced. More recently, some of them are being marketed as humane and/or sustainable as well. For these reasons, animal-based foods are seen as appropriate for everyone.”

But sometimes the facts just aren’t enough. While we can’t, and shouldn’t, force our dietary rubric on those around us, by leading through example it is possible headway to be made. “On a micro level, those of us whose diets are plant-based must continue to be open and accessible to others about it; in a sense, we must continue to minister about it. Knowing or being acquainted with someone whose views or lifestyle are different from one’s own helps grease the wheels of social change by personalizing difference. Obstacles to the mainstreaming of veganism will be more successfully countered when we understand how and why they exist.”

Is What’s Good for the Goose Really Good for the Gander?

The indifferent social view of “to each their own” gives little credence to the healthy, wholesome and ecologically healing foundation of a vegan and/or macrobiotic lifestyle. In part, this may be due to the plain and simple assumption that plant-based food simply doesn’t taste good. Some defensively call to mind the drudged-up memories of ‘grandma eating a strict hotdog n’ hamburger diet her entire life and having never suffered a single health issue.’ Well, grandma’s like those are few and far between, but we’ll save that topic for another blog post… And the argument that plant-based meals can’t rival the tongue-tantalizing capability of meaty dishes? Not only are nutritious vegan/macro recipes satisfying the picky palates of cuisine connoisseurs across the globe, the general public is starting to catch on as well.

“Vegan foods are not only appropriate for some, they’re ideal for everyone. Regardless of whatever differences define or characterize what and how we eat, everyone wants their food to taste good; they want to enjoy it… When done right, vegan food–just like everything else–tastes great. Even if I had actual mathematical skill or ability, I doubt I could count the number of times over the years that someone has expressed surprise over how tasty my vegan meal was. There is virtually no animal-based food anyone could want to eat that doesn’t have a comparable and delicious vegan version or alternative. Based on the universal criteria of taste alone, plant-based foods are fitting for everyone.

Of course, vegan does not necessarily equal healthy, but the fact remains that even the worst vegan foods (e.g., cupcakes, pizza) are healthier than their non-vegan counterparts, with no cholesterol or saturated fat and almost always having far fewer calories. Add to that the unmitigated environmental advantages of a plant-based diet and it’s really plainly obvious: eating vegan isn’t just for some bodies, it’s for everybody.”

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday at Sea and there will be tons of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/understanding-and-conquering-social-obstacles-to-eating-vegan/

 

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